OROP Sanctioned; Government consents ex-servicemen’s demand

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NEW DELHI: One Rank One Pension (OROP) has Sanctioned today after a long waiting with a very protest including hunger strikes on September, 5, 2015. The meeting held between ex-servicemen and Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday. The decision came after ending of meeting.

Ex-servicemen said, “Defense Minister has told us that the concept of One Rank One Pension has been completely accepted.” Army chief Dalbir Singh was also a part of the meeting.

Talking the implementation, Ex-Major General Satbir Singh told, “Defense minister is likely to issue a statement on the OROP later in the day.” The government had been facing criticisms after they had decided to stick to five-year- rest clause while retired officers wanted it to be revised once every two years

Implementation of OROP will cost Rs 10000-12000 crore per year. With regular revival, the amount will keep increasing. Three earlier UPA government had given a provision of only Rs 500 crore in 2014 Budget.

Government will also be setting up a committee to resolve the discrepancies in the OROP disbursement. The committee will submit its report within six months.

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